I like an athlete who’s comfortable in his own skin. Self-awareness is the new wave, and we’re seeing it more and more. Take Dirk, for example. He clearly gets it. If he’s humming a Hasselhoff banger in his head while he shoots free throws, then you bet your ass he’s going to be transparent about it. Is he creating a post on Instagram to tell the world he’s not going to post on Instagram for a while like some people? Nah. Not his style. It’s not Steph’s either, because Steph has gone full dad and he wants us all to know about it.
He recently told GQ “One of my favorite pastimes is organizing the garage. That’s when I get in my zone. Just doing the shelves, putting shoeboxes here, moving athletic equipment over there, everything in its place. That’s my zone. That’s my arena.” You know who else does that? My dad. Also your dad. Pretty much all of the dads.
Because that thing isn’t going to clean itself. There are few better feelings than pulling into your garage after a long day at the office and parking your midsize SUV into a meticulously sorted garage. And the peace of mind that comes with knowing where the Christmas decorations are? You can’t quantify that type of edge. Knowing exactly where the rake is when Fall rolls around? That’s how you bounce back from blowing a 3-1 lead. That stack of Nintendo Powers you never threw away because you had the foresight to realize that one day you’d probably want to play Donkey Kong Country again? That’s what I’m talking about. Routinely cleaning your garage is a full system reboot. It’s ayahuasca for dads who wanna go hard, but not like real hard because they get drug tested.
Dad strength is as much mental as it is physical, and this league is in big, big trouble.
The Warriors play tonight. I bet Steph put on an old pair of brown topsiders and went out into the front yard and pulled some weeds. This was probably after he skimmed the pool a few times while listening to Dave Ramsey on a portable radio. And I’m guessing he woke up early and took the dog for a quick walk around the block while holding a 7-iron in case he ran into any dangerous strays. Dad life is real, and Steph is living it. Clean garage, full heart, can’t lose. .
[h/t SB Nation]